Pacman puts P5-M reward for Rio Olympics gold medal winner

Mark Escarlote on Jul 03, 2015 06:39 PM
Pacman puts P5-M reward for Rio Olympics gold medal winner
Pledge ko next year ‘pag may naka-gold limang milyon. Kung sino ang maka-gold in any sport sa Olympics --- Manny Pacquiao

No less than eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will dig inside his pocket to add motivation to athletes that will compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Sarangani Congressman pledged a whooping P5-million to any athlete that will win a gold medal in the quadrennial meet in Brazil.

"Pledge ko next year ‘pag may naka-gold limang milyon. Kung sino ang maka-gold in any sport sa Olympics," Pacquiao said in a press conference at Philsports Arena, where he gave an inspirational talk to attendees of the Sports For All Seminar.

Pacquiao’s pledge doubles the bonus a gold medalist stands to receive per Republic Act 9064 or the sports incentives law, which earmarks P5-million for the achiever.

Pacquiao, the second highest-paid athlete based on Forbes Magazine, hopes the extra windfall will give an added boost to the Rio-bound bets.

"Wala pa tayong gold sa Olympics, di ba? Siguro next year," said the Pacman.

Eric Cray, who qualified to Rio Olympics in an IAAF-sanctioned meet in Los Angeles last May and ranked seventh in the world in the 400m. hurdles event, is the country’s top bet in the biggest sports arena.

Cray recently gave the county the honor of registering his name as the first Filipino to win in the 100m. dash in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore last month where the Filipino-American also bagged his second 400m. hurdles mint in record fashion of 49.90 seconds.

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